Low income households benefit from LAD2 energy funding

Over 60 households in Telford and Wrekin are becoming the first to benefit from a range of energy efficiency measures through the Council’s LAD2 (Local Authority Delivery) funding programme.

Low income households benefit from LAD2 energy funding

Over 100 measures are being rolled out to households in the Sutton Hill area of the borough which include cavity wall, loft and external wall insulations.

So far, 30 cavity wall insulations have been delivered or are scheduled and a further 29 loft insulations have been fitted or are in the pipeline - helping residents tackle and prepare for rising energy costs from April.

The LAD2 scheme supports low-income households heated by any form of heating and so far the average spend through the scheme has been £10,000 per property.  

While the initial focus has been on insulating properties internally, external insulation will follow in the spring months and households in other areas of the borough are also set to benefit.

This programme is set to continue and grow over the next 12 months following successful bids totalling £2 million to deliver hundreds more energy efficiency measures through LAD3 (Local Authority Delivery) across Telford and Wrekin communities.

Telford & Wrekin Council is also using other funding streams to support more homeowners across the borough with energy price hikes on the horizon.

Thanks to the council’s ECOflex scheme, over £313,000 of funding has been attracted into the area and has benefited vulnerable households by funding heating and insulation measures.

In January alone, £55,000 was invested into 20 homes through the ECOflex programme,

The most vulnerable residents in the borough are also benefiting from support through Telford & Wrekin Council energy grant top-ups which can be used to bridge the gap when households have to provide match funding or measures needed cost a little more.

Nine properties have been surveyed and will see measures put in place before the end of March – bringing total grant top-ups spending to over £40,000 and a further estimated £30,000 of energy company obligation has also been accessed to support this scheme going forward.  

Recognising the challenges all households are facing with energy bills rising, the council is working alongside Telford & Wrekin Citizens Advice and Telford Energy Advice (TEA) to deliver practical support and advice to residents.

TEA is a free and impartial service which provides information and advice about fuel bills, debt and energy suppliers.

Over the last 12 months 333 households have been supported to access measures valued at over £170,000 with numbers contacting the service on the increase and 55 households supported through the TEA in January alone.  

The council will shortly be able to provide all households in the borough, whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A – D, with a one-off council tax energy rebate payment of £150 through Government funding.

Through the funding, the council will also be to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible.

A Sutton Hill resident who has benefited from home insulations through the LAD2 scheme said: ‘It’s a lot warmer upstairs and upstairs and we don’t need to put the heating on as much. We are definitely spending less money in terms of gas.

“Living conditions are better as well. It feels warmer in the house and it’s much better to come home to after being at work all day.

“My wife also has asthma so getting the loft insulation done has been a huge benefit and the house also needs to be warm for our two children who are both under 5.

“Communication throughout this work has been brilliant, I was kept up-to-date, received emails and text messages to say what stage it was at and kept updated throughout the whole process.”

Councillor Richard Overton (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport, said:  “We’re pleased that residents are benefiting from the range of support measures and funding streams to help them improve energy efficiency in their homes and reduce their monthly bills.

“The LAD2 Scheme in Sutton Hill is a prime example of a scheme that is now well underway, is having a very positive impact on households in the borough and achieving some excellent outcomes.

“Through this and the other schemes and support which is available, we want to make sure that our residents have a warm home at an affordable cost and we will continue to support them wherever we can.”

Click here to find out more about the range of energy support which is available and how Telford & Wrekin Council can help.

To contact Telford Energy Advice, call 0800 6771952 or email: Advice@mea.org.uk